UMass Lowell kicks off 125th anniversary year

Courtesy photo/Tory Wesnofske for UMass LowellFreshman engineering major Steven Nguyen of Methuen, right, was helped by family friend Shawn Nguyen, also of Methuen, during move-in day at UMass Lowell.

UMass Lowell kicked off its 125th anniversary year and officially welcomed its largest-ever group of first-year and new transfer students, more than 3,300 strong, last week at the school's Tsongas Center.

Among those who welcomed the university’s newest River Hawks was Chancellor Jacquie Moloney. She spoke to the students at a convocation ceremony.

Freshmen, transfer and returning students began moving into dorms the UMass Lowell campus on Aug. 31 for the start of the academic year.

They included freshman engineering major Steven Nguyen of Methuen, who was helped by family friend Shawn Nguyen, also of Methuen. The Class of 2023 – which has the highest average high-school GPA in UMass Lowell history – joins the university’s more than 18,000-member student body, which will help celebrate the institution’s 125th anniversary.

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